Island of Ireland Wasabi
Wasabi Crop is a family artisan business located in the Orchard County of Armagh on the Island of Ireland. The island’s specific climate enables the right conditions for growing wasabi plants in order to produce fresh wasabi rhizomes. We are committed to cultivating wasabi plants and supplying wasabi leaves and stems as well as edible flowers when in season for all our customers. These prized wasabi rhizomes add a certain culinary enhancement to various foods.
Grow Wasabi Plants and Grate Fresh Wasabi Rhizomes
Today, fresh wasabi rhizomes and wasabi leaves are utilised in Western cuisine, especially as wasabi has a unique ability to convert an ordinary dish to an extra special one. Traditionally, wasabi is part of Japanese culture and was first mentioned in a herb dictionary called Honzowamyo which translates to ‘Names of Living Things’.
Wasabi is associated with the Brassicaceae family: the prized part of the wasabi is a swollen stem which is known as a rhizome or alternatively wasabi root. It is famous for its distinctively hot and zingy flavour – unlike chilli it does not burn the palate but dissipates a refreshing heat.
Wasabi Crop Shop
Buy fresh wasabi rhizomes from Wasabi Crop Shop and utilise it in many ways. Firstly, you can grate the rhizome with a fine grater (a piece of sharkskin is the traditional tool) and this produces a paste which can vary in colour from pale green with a tinge of purple.
This colouration is typical in the mazuma variety of wasabi which we sell in our shop. In order for the paste to reach its optimum taste it must be allowed to rest for five minutes. The paste can then be consumed for example, with fresh fish, sushi, sashimi and noodles.
Wow, Real Fresh Wasabi
Enjoy the Japanese experience by adding fresh wasabi to your favourite recipes. Why not grate your own wasabi root and use wasabi leaves and stems with a sprinkle of wasabi flowers to accompany your favourite dish.
Grow Your Own Wasabi Plants
While good quality wasabi is challenging to grow, it is not impossible. Wasabi naturally grows in cool and moist temperate climates and while those conditions do not exist everywhere, they can be replicated. The high value of this crop and scarcity of fresh produce makes it ideal for small to large scale growing.
Naturally occurring ITCs (isothiocyanates) in wasabi rhizomes have been studied for their anticancer properties: for example, with the formation of acrylamide during a Maillard reaction (a chemical reaction between proteins and sugar in the presence of heat). Some studies have associated dietary acrylamide with kidney and ovarian cancers.
Other potential benefits of wasabi root may be related to bone and brain health. A compound in wasabi called p-hydroxycinnamic acid may increase bone formation and has decreased bone breakdown in preclinical studies. Overall ITCs in wasabi may have neuroprotective effects and may help to activate the antioxidant system in the brain which reduces inflammation. Research into ITCs is promising and more research is required to determine the effects of wasabi compound on human health.
Why Eat Fake Wasabi?
The majority of fake wasabi contains a mixture of green food colouring, horseradish and mustard and does not include any of the hallmarks or health properties associated with real wasabi. This is why fake wasabi is prominent in restaurant and supermarket outlets.
Why not try some real wasabi from the Wasabi Crop Shop?
At Wasabi Crop, we are growing a range of Japanese herbs to add a unique flavour to your cuisine. These herbs include Mitsuba, Mizuna, Green Perilla, Shiso Perilla and Wasabi Rocket in contrast to the commonly used herbs parsley, basil, thyme, sage, oregano and chives in European cooking.
Are you tired of eating bagged salads, if so try our fiery tasty herb wasabi rocket full of luscious green spicy leaves?
Wasabi Rocket brings a fiery flavour of Japan to your salad favourites. The flavour is similar to wasabi root. The wasabi rocket baby leaves can be harvested from the grow tray on the windowsill.
Wasabi Rocket with a fiery new oriental punch
Enjoy wasabi rocket with your salads, sandwiches, fish or cooked meats. Each spicy leaf is packed with fantastic flavour.
Mitsuba has a thin greenish-white stalk and a three-pointed leaf. It looks similar to flat-leafed parsley, with a flavour similar to sorrel or celery. This leafy herb is used mostly as a garnish in salads, soups and in other hot and cold dishes including Chawanmushi.
Shiso belongs to the mint family and combines the aromas of mint, basil, citrus, mint and coriander. Its red and green leaves are used in sushi, sashimi, soups, in addition to salads, green tea or any of your favourite dishes. It is fried as part of tempura dishes and used to garnish and season various dishes such as salmon chazuke, salad and sashimi.
Mizuna are white stalks attached to feathery-tooth foliage with golden-yellow flowers. Mizuna is an excellent addition to salads, pasta, risotto, sautéd foods, stir-fries and soups.